Cruisers head to Bloomfield Township for three car events

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published August 12, 2013

 Ellison Honigman, of Birmingham, straps in for a ride in a Shelby Cobra during last year’s 
Dream Drive. The owner, Penny Ritger, came from Wisconsin for the event.

Ellison Honigman, of Birmingham, straps in for a ride in a Shelby Cobra during last year’s Dream Drive. The owner, Penny Ritger, came from Wisconsin for the event.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Tucked away at the far north end of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise celebration are three events where motor heads can come to enjoy all the splendor of classic cars without the hustle and bustle of the cruise’s main drag.

Bloomfield Township will host its ninth annual Classic Car Show Aug. 17 at Mercedes-Benz in Bloomfield Hills, in conjunction with the Woodward Dream Cruise. The event will feature more than 40 classic and specialty vehicles for guests to admire, as well as a prime viewing area for cruise traffic. Right next door, at Comerica Bank, the Bill Wells Car Club Classic will have even more rides to check out.

Cruisers can enjoy a live DJ, food, restrooms and even a live broadcast by 97.1 FM “The Ticket.” And while the event will run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. that day, the benefits will last throughout the year. Once again, the show will serve to support some local charities. Recently, money raised during the last cruise event was donated to Bloomfield Township Firefighters Charities, the Bloomfield Township Police Benevolent Association and the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club.

“The Classic Car Show is a great venue to see some of the finest vehicles anywhere,” said Greg Kowalski, director of community relations for the township, in a prepared statement. “Additionally, it has raised more than $40,000 for local charities since it began in 2005.”

But before the cruise even begins, car guys and gals can make their way over to Comerica Bank on Friday night for the second annual Dream Drive. Just as Woodward Avenue is heating up the night before the big cruise, car fans can take a spin of their own in a replica Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe or a GT40. The 15-minute rides cost $20 and culminate with a digital photo, later emailed to the rider, to commemorate the experience. Proceeds from the drive also go to benefit Bloomfield-area charities.

The drive was founded in memory of Bloomfield Township resident Bill Wells, who was an active committee member for the Classic Car Show since it started. Organizers said he was instrumental to growing the event and eventually adding the car club component at Comerica Bank.

Among those who will be cruising Woodward Avenue 5:30-8 p.m. Friday night is Bloomfield Township resident David Alden. He’s excited to give guests a whirl around town in his white 1965 Cobra — a replica vehicle that really gets his motor running.

“It’s as close to a pure driving experience that you can get today. There are no electronic aids of any kind. It’s kind of a hot rod, I would say — open-air, and drives beautifully,” said Alden. “Most people don’t have the opportunity to drive in a Cobra and really experience Woodward first-hand. And it’s for a great cause.”

The Bloomfield Township Classic Car Show will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17 at Mercedes-Benz, 36600 Woodard Ave. in Bloomfield Hills. The Bill Wells Car Club Classic will be held at the same time next door at Comerica Bank. Parking is $5, while admission is free. For more information on all these events, or to purchase tickets for the Dream Drive, visit or call (248) 642-7608.